Speeches

COMMUNITY SPORTING CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:33): On 23 February this year, I joined Gawler Mayor, Karen Redman, in speaking at the conclusion of the state junior softball championships, conducted over the previous three days by the Gawler and Districts Softball Association at Karbeethan Reserve, Evanston Gardens. As Gawler and Districts Softball Association patron and its inaugural chairman in 1982-83, I was honoured to present championship winners medals to players from Hills in the under 14 boys, under 16 boys and under 16 girls divisions; West Torrens for under 14 girls; and Sturt, under 18 girls.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:43): It was a great privilege to speak at the conclusion of the moving Ski for Life Memorial Ceremony at Cadell Training Centre on Saturday 7 March this year. Soon after the ceremony, the 23 teams participating in the eighth annual event headed off to Cobdogla on the mighty River Murray. It was excellent to see the continuing support for Ski for Life from StandBy Support After Suicide and Silent Ripples, including the Premier's Council on Suicide Prevention members Janet Kuys and Tracey Wanganeen. Prior to the ceremony, a great breakfast was served by members of the Cadell Bowling Club and supporters from the local community.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: I was pleased to participate in the 10th 'Walk through the darkness and into the light' conducted by Living Beyond Suicide from Tennyson to Henley Beach early on the morning of 23 November. Many others joined me in that walk or in walking from West Beach to Henley. A moving remembrance ceremony hosted by AnglicareSA CEO, the Reverend Peter Sandeman, a member of the Premier's Council on Suicide Prevention, followed breakfast.

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Surrogacy Bill

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:32): It would come as no surprise to most people in this chamber that I rise to support this bill and support it very strongly. Members in this place will understand, I think, that I have been working on these issues since 2005 and that my initial legislation in the Legislative Council was well reviewed by the Social Development Committee of the day, led by the Hon. Mr Hunter. While I did not agree with everything in that report, the reality was that we got, I think, a better bill, which went through this place relatively quickly. It took some time, however, to get it through the other place, but we finally got that legislation through late in 2009.

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INTERCULTURAL FUTURES

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:53): Over recent months, I have been pleased to work with Ms Alexandra McGee, the project coordinator at Welcome Australia, on a program called Intercultural Futures. I have attended two forums as part of that program, on Saturday 18 May and Saturday 14 September at The Welcome Centre in Bowden. As I think many of us know, Welcoming Australia exists to cultivate a culture of welcome and create a future where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive.

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WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:24): I rise today to speak about World Suicide Prevention Day, which was yesterday—and I thank members for wearing the yellow ribbons in recognition of that day—and to also speak about R U OK? Day, which is tomorrow, and to mention some of the many associated events held right around South Australia that have been held or are going to be held in the coming days, which are quite varied in their nature.

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ROTARY CLUB OF GAWLER

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:32) : It was my great privilege to attend the 3,000th meeting of the Rotary Club of Gawler at the Nixon's Function Centre in Gawler on Monday 1 July. This dinner meeting also saw the induction of President Steve Barilla as the 66th president of the club by outgoing president Jacqui Atyeo.

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Network of Suicide Prevention Networks Forum

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:31): On 29 May this year, along with more than 130 other people, I participated in the Network of Suicide Prevention Networks forum at the Salvation Army's Riverside Centre in Gawler. The representation at the meeting included delegates from networks across the state, including: the Barossa; Mid Murray; Adelaide Plains; Salisbury; Gawler; Onkaparinga; Marion; Mid North; Mount Barker; Mount Gambier; Murray Bridge; Naracoorte, Lucindale and Districts; Mitcham; Playford; Port Adelaide; Port Augusta; Port Pirie; the Riverland; Copper Coast; Yorke Peninsula; Strathalbyn; Tea Tree Gully; Streaky Bay; Tumby Bay; South Coast; Western Adelaide; and Whyalla.

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Environment, Resources and Development Committee: Inquiry into Heritage Reform

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:18): I move: That the first report of the committee, on an inquiry into heritage reform, be noted.

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Incontinence

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:44): I rise today to speak about incontinence and particularly male incontinence, and that will not be lost on the Hon. Mr Pangallo. But seriously, individuals afflicted by incontinence must carefully plan every outing to reduce the embarrassing moments when leakage unexpectedly occurs. In addition, they must factor in how much to drink before and during an outing and where to access the toilet to accommodate a bathroom schedule. In the event that no toilets are accessible, they may have to cancel their outing.

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